It’s human to be haunted by the ghosts of lovers past. But there’s one love hotel in Japan that some locals believe may actually be haunted.
When it was in operation, the Fuurin Motel in Tokyo offered guests a choice of 10 different themed bedrooms, which could be rented by the hour. There was a medieval suite, a Greek room and a more traditional Japanese Ryokan that lovers could choose from. But 17 years ago, the hotel was abandoned.
On a recent trip to Japan, Dutch photographer Bob Thissen explored the abandoned space with his camera, although he said he did not experience anything paranormal while exploring the hotel.
“I heard that most Japanese people stay away from abandoned buildings because of the ghosts or spirits, it is believed they hang around abandoned buildings,” Thissen told Metro UK.
Although the hotel is now devoid of both guests and employees, it is still full of furniture, decor, and dust. The medieval room’s knights in shining armor have rusted; the pink bathtub is full of rotting leaves and the wallpaper has pulled away with gravity.
It’s a beautiful and haunting scene—but one that many locals now avoid for fears that the hotel is haunted by the ghosts of lovers who escaped there for some privacy.
“Japanese people have way more respect for abandoned buildings than in Western countries, so it is preserved better,” Thissen said. “Even objects barely move around, for that I love exploring in Japan."